Egypt's Sisi stresses his support for independent judiciary in meeting with Judicial Authorities Council

Ahram Online , Sunday 23 Dec 2018

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah EL-Sisi in the middle of Judicial Authorities' Council members after their meeting in Cairo on Sunday 23 December (Photo: Egyptian Presidential Spokesperson)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi held a meeting on Sunday with the members of the Judicial Authorities Council, the first for an Egyptian president with the council since 2008.

President El-Sisi stressed to the council his belief that the independence of the judiciary remains a key pillar to safeguard justice and the constitution.

According to a statement released by the Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady, El-Sisi "stressed his appreciation for Egypt's judges, who safeguard justice based on the deeply-rooted traditions of the Egyptian judiciary."

The president highlighted his keeness to consolidate the rule of law in accordance to the tenets of the constitution, which outlined the principles of the separation of powers., Rady added.

Meanwhile, the members of the Judicial Council expressed appreciation for the meeting with the president, affirming their determination to maintain the credibility of the Egyptian judiciary to contribute to the social stability of the country.

They also expressed support of fomenting legislative frameworks to build a modern institutional structures, which both strengthen and simplify legal procedures to ensure the protection of rights and the achievement of justice for all citizens.

The council includes the minister of justice and the chiefs of the supreme constitutional, cassation, and appeals courts. 

It also includes the prosecutor-general, the head of the State Council, and the chief of the State Lawsuits Authority.

During the meeting, President El-Sisi asked to be notified by the judges about any obstacles that may face the members of the council, which may hinder either the achievement of speedy justice or the work of a fully independent judicial system.

The president also stressed the importance of the council's contribution to maintaining the process of developing and strengthening the Egyptian judicial system in order to meet the requirements of achieving justice in light of challenges facing the state.

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